Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution

You may already be familiar with Hillsdale College for its principled refusal to accept any federal or state taxpayer subsidies, its rigorous core curriculum that includes courses on the American heritage and the Constitution, and its many outreach programs promoting liberty. Maybe you even receive its free monthly speech digest, Imprimis.

You’re invited to participate in an exciting new opportunity—a free online course from Hillsdale College, “Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution.” Featuring a 10-week format based on the “Introduction to the Constitution” lecture series with Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn, “Constitution 101” follows closely the one-semester course required of all Hillsdale College undergraduate students.

“Constitution 101,” is being taught by the same professors who teach Hillsdale’s one-semester course on the Constitution. Each lecture is pre-recorded and lasts approximately 40 minutes. Lectures and other study materials will be released by noon each Monday according to the schedule. Once released, they are available to view at your convenience. Registration and information, including the course schedule, is available here:

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Perfect for homeshool and classroom instruction, the course includes:

  • Ten lectures by Hillsdale College Politics faculty
  • Readings that are used in the Hillsdale College Constitution course
  • Weekly online Q&A sessions with faculty
  • Weekly study guides perfect for student use
  • Weekly quizzes for those who wish to test their knowledge
  • A certificate from Hillsdale College for those who complete the course

The readings for the course are excerpted from a new volume of primary source documents from Hillsdale College Press, The U.S. Constitution: A Reader. Featuring 113 essential documents, the Reader was developed for teaching the core course on the U.S. Constitution at Hillsdale College. Divided into eleven sections with introductions by Hillsdale’s Politics faculty, readings cover the principles of the American founding, the framing and structure of the Constitution, the secession crisis and the Civil War, the Progressive rejection of the Constitution, and the building of the administrative state based on Progressive principles.

The U.S. Constitution: A Reader can be ordered at

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